Patents Assigned to Kohler Co.
  • Patent number: 10715019
    Abstract: A dual axis motor a first epicyclic gear, a second epicyclic gear, a rim gear, an inner rotor, an outer rotor, a brake and a stator assembly. The second epicyclic gear is operative to mesh with the first epicyclic gear and move in around the first epicyclic. The inner rotor is fixedly connected to the first epicyclic gear. The outer rotor fixedly is connected to the second epicyclic gear. The stator assembly spaced from the inner rotor by a first gap and spaced from the outer rotor by a second gap. The motor provides a resultant torque to driven device. The resultant torque is provided by the inner rotor, outer rotor, the brake, or by sudden deceleration of one or more elements within the dual axis motor. The gear ratio provided by the first and second epicyclic gear allow for an enhanced speed range while providing high starting torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Isaac S. Frampton, Adam Larson
  • Patent number: 10710800
    Abstract: A trash can having a frame, a liner, and a lid. The frame includes a base and a casing supported on the base. The liner is removably disposed within a cavity of the casing and has a bottom that rests directly on the base in the cavity. The lid is coupled to and rotatable relative to the frame between a closed position, in which the liner is concealed, and an open position, in which the liner is accessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Wegner, Christopher M. Shay
  • Patent number: 10711444
    Abstract: A toilet assembly includes a pedestal, a tank disposed on the pedestal, and an inlet chamber formed in the pedestal. The inlet chamber includes an inlet portion comprising an upstream end defining an upstream inner diameter, and a downstream end defining a downstream inner diameter less than the upstream inner diameter. The inlet chamber further includes an elbow extending downstream from the inlet portion, the elbow defining an elbow diameter substantially the same as the downstream inner diameter. The inlet portion is configured to receive water from the tank. The toilet assembly further includes a flush valve disposed in the tank, the valve defining a valve outlet disposed below the tank and in the inlet portion of the inlet chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Tony L. Lambert, Daniel N. Halloran, Randy O. Mesun, Andrew H. Matznick
  • Patent number: 10711442
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to a faucet. The faucet includes a continuous internal waterway and a body. The continuous internal waterway includes a first chamber, a second chamber, a valve seat, and a waterway. The second chamber is configured to receive water from a water source. The valve seat is coupled to the first chamber and the second chamber. The valve seat is in fluid communication with the second chamber. The waterway is in fluid communication with the valve seat. The body encapsulates the continuous internal waterway. The faucet is operational to receive the water from the water source and to provide the water to the waterway. The body is isolated from the water by the continuous internal waterway during operation of the faucet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Kohler, David J. Macon, Mark W. Schibur, Thomas Manoni, Vindhya K. Tiwari, Jeffrey A. Schumacher
  • Patent number: 10687620
    Abstract: A mounting system for securing a sink to a countertop supported by a cabinet is provided. The mounting system includes a receiving structure configured to be supported under a rim of the sink, a bracket having a first portion configured to engage a portion of the cabinet and a second portion configured to engage a bottom of a basin of the sink, a linking member extending between the receiving structure and the bracket, a first connector configured to engage a first end of the linking member and retain the linking member relative to the receiving structure, and a second connector configured to engage a second end of the linking member and secure the bracket against the cabinet and the bottom of the basin of the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Shawn J. Booth, Jason R. Miller, James S. Giefer
  • Patent number: 10689837
    Abstract: A flushometer valve includes a hollow body and a piston assembly disposed inside the hollow body for controlling operation of the flushometer valve. The piston assembly and hollow body define an inlet chamber, an outlet chamber and a pressure chamber. The piston assembly includes a flow guide, a piston top, and an insert. The flow guide is movable relative to the hollow body between an open position, in which the outlet chamber is fluidly connected to the inlet chamber, and a closed position, in which the outlet chamber is fluidly disconnected from the inlet chamber. The piston top is coupled to the flow guide, includes a first material, and has a bleed passage that fluidly connects the pressure chamber and the inlet chamber. The insert is disposed within the bleed passage, includes a second material, and has a bore that fluidly connects the bleed passage and the pressure chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Evan S. Yee, Chad J. Cochart, Balachander Venugopal
  • Patent number: 10687618
    Abstract: A medicine cabinet includes a side panel, a door, and a hinge. The side panel includes a notch on an edge of the side panel. The door includes a projection extending outwardly from an inner surface of the door. The hinge pivotally couples the door to the side panel. The hinge includes a first portion coupled to the projection and a second portion coupled to the side panel. The projection and the first portion are received in the notch when the door is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Diemel, Jr., David P. Ourada
  • Patent number: 10675644
    Abstract: A shower system includes a shower assembly and a mounting system. The shower assembly is configured to receive water from a water source and pass water through a plurality of outlets. The mounting system is for coupling the shower assembly to a building structure, and is configured to adjust the shower assembly. The mounting system includes a post and a fitting. The post is configured to fixedly couple to the building structure. The fitting is coupled to the shower assembly and adjustably received to the post, such that a vertical position of the shower assembly may be adjusted relative to the post and the building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Rafael Alfredo Rexach, Stephanie Szemetylo, David J. Richter-O'Connell, Jeffrey James Elsesser, James S. Giefer
  • Patent number: 10675214
    Abstract: A bath system comprises a tub and a fluid injection system. The tub has a jet orifice, and the fluid injection system is fluidly coupled to the jet orifice. The fluid injection system comprises a conduit, a heat source, an air supply source, and a fluid injector. The conduit has a central opening. The heat source is coupled to an outer portion of the conduit external to the central opening. The air supply source is fluidly coupled to the conduit, and is configured to provide a flow of air to the central opening. The fluid injector is configured to provide an atomized spray of water to the flow of air to produce a combined flow of air and water. The heat source and the conduit are cooperatively configured to heat the combined flow of air and water in the central opening before the combined flow enters the tub through the jet orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Kenneth Stout, Craig Loest, Jason Kwacz
  • Patent number: D886956
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Jean-Hugues Soulier
  • Patent number: D887535
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: François Kergoët
  • Patent number: D888897
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Jean-Hugues Soulier, Ferran Serra Sola, Chia Lee, Jimin Niu, Sophie Su, Hui Ren
  • Patent number: D888898
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Jean-Hugues Soulier, Ferran Serra Sola, Chia Lee, Jimin Niu, Sophie Su, Hui Ren
  • Patent number: D888907
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: François Kergoët
  • Patent number: D888908
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: François Kergoët
  • Patent number: D888909
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: François Kergoët
  • Patent number: D888910
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Alexander V. LeTourneau, Shawn J. Booth
  • Patent number: D890312
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Wegner, Niels J. Eilmus, Christopher J. Santos
  • Patent number: D890313
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Robert Karl Stevenson, Alexander Muspratt-Williams, Mimi Jiang
  • Patent number: D890461
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Niels J. Eilmus, Christopher J. Santos